This conference is part of a series of activties for the FLEGT program in Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Tua Thien Hue, and Quang Nam province.
Mr. Khổng Trung –- The head FPD Quang Tri province spoke during the opening comments of the FLEGT Porgram – Photo: CORENARM
The main objective of the workshop introduces “strengthening involvement of networks of civil socity organizations in Vietnam’s central region in the process of negotiation and implementation of the agreement VPA/FLEGT”. The workshop provides information on issues related to the negotiation and execution partnership agreement FLEGT voluntary program and especially about the collective information from the participants to add to the draft process of the negtiotion and implementation of VPA/FLEGT.
Representatives from the FPD Quang Tri Province agency, Union of Science and Technlogy of Quang Tri, Huong Hoa District People’s committee, leaders of various agencies, departments of Huong Tan and Huong Son commune and Huong Hoa district, reps from WWF in Hue and representatives of forest plantation groups, forest protection and management groups, and wood processing enterprises and household plantation forest that have FSC certification in Trung Son commune, Gio Linh district, Quang Tri province.
Through this workshop, Mr. Truong Si Hoai Nhan – Director of FLEGT Project and consultants of Consulatation and Research Center of Natural Resource Management (CORENARM) provided delegations with overall information on FLEGT’s project in the Central region; the process of treaty negotiations for VPA/FLEGT between the EU and the Government of Vietnam in implementating the programme law enforcement forestry, FLEGT, EU timber regulations (EUTR), system timber legality assurance (TLAS), the situation of forest law enforcement, governance and trade of forest products in QuangTri province, also opportunities and challenges of managers and communities who depend on forest to participate in the process of VPA/FLEGT.
The workshop overview - Ảnh: CORENARM
In order to gather information and opinions of the participants, the workshop discussed, exchanged and shared information on issues relating to the FLEGT programme: How to contribute to the implementation of FLEGT VPA agreement and interests participating in this agreement.
The difficult problem that delegates shared: “FLEGT is a completely new program for civil society organizations, community organizations as well as the officers working in the local forestry industry; the criteria in the draft text on the definition of legal timber TLAS delegates yet to reach out and really know about the FLEGT programme. Consequently, the attended delegates proposed the FLEGT project – central region to build the appropriate communication strategy, effectively to implement the activities aimed at capacity building for staff and locals especially the ethnic minorities in the mountainous areas”
Participants also noted that the FLEGT program was significantly practical and consistent with the trends of international integration on forest management resources. FLEGT activities license certificate will contribute towards enhancing the value of timber and timber products, increased income for communities and local people. Markets European Union (EU) is a stable market price as well as inputs to growers and businesses will reduce the risk of exporting wood and wood products.
At the end of the conference, the FLEGT project management unit collected more feedback from participants. These ideas will help the team synthesize and send the general director of forestry a draft content of negotiations and sign the VPA/FLET between the European Union (EU) and the government of Vietnam in late May 10/2014
Participant of workshop - Photo: CORENARM